Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Manufacturing automation pioneer named to Order of Canada

July 9, 2024
By Peter Saunders

Yusuf AltintasPhoto courtesy UBC.

Yusuf Altintas, founder and president of Vancouver-based Manufacturing Automation Laboratories (MAL), has been appointed to the Order of Canada, one of the nation’s highest civilian honours.

The governor-general, Mary Simon, recognized 83 prominent Canadians on June 27 for their impacts on their respective fields. Altintas, a professor in the department of mechanical engineering at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC‘s) Vancouver campus and leader in the field of metal-cutting dynamics, was named an Officer of the Order of the Canada for his work in pushing the limits of manufacturing.

Altintas has also been recognized as an exceptional mentor and for his contributions to cultural and educational organizations worldwide. His academic research and development (R&D) efforts have transferred engineering technologies to the machine tool, cutting tool and machining industries around the world. And he is the founder and co-ordinator of UBC’s mechatronics undergraduate program, where students learn fundamental principles of mechanical, electrical, software, instrumentation and controls engineering.

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